How to Create a Stronger Immunity System amidst Covid-19 Or Coronavirus Pandemic?
The mankind, yet again, is going through a pandemic and this time it is the Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19). Originated in Wuhan, China, the virus has infected almost all countries killing approximately 792k people all over the globe and the number is increasing as no cure has been invented yet. The only way to stay safe during the pandemic is to follow good hygiene practices like washing hands frequently, sanitizing your home or workplace, covering your mouth whole sneezing or coughing, wearing masks while going out, avoiding crowded places etc. Another way to fight against Covid19 is to strengthen your immune system.
This article is dedicated to our immune system. You will learn about the system, how it works and ways to make it stronger to win the battle against covid-19 or Coronavirus till we get a vaccine. Let’s dive in!
What is an immune system?
The immune system is an intricate network of cells, tissues and organs. These together assist the body to fight off infections and diseases. When bacteria and viruses attack your body, they multiply and an infection occurs. Further it causes symptoms which are unpleasant to deal with and you fall sick. If your immune system is strong enough to ward off these microbes, your chances of falling ill reduces drastically. However, with weak immunity, your chances of contacting an infectious disease increase manifold.
Your immune system also rejects implanted tissues or organs. Therefore, a person has to be on specialized medicines which suppress the immune system for lifetime to prevent rejection from his own immune system. Also, for example, if a person catches cold frequently, it means that his immune system is impaired to fight off with the bacteria. An impaired immune system can make you face some serious consequences where it attacks your tissues or organs causing severe damage. These are termed as ‘auto-immune disorders’.
The components of the immune system
Majorly our immune system is comprised of white blood cells or WBCs which are called as warriors as they attack the microbes entering our body and causing harm. T-cells assist in maintaining the immune system. When these cells are low in numbers or when they are impaired, the immune system turns weak.
The immune system is not less than a magic wand which helps the body fight off infections and minor diseases without the help of medicines. A healthy immune system bestows an ability to our body to resist the infections and diseases. This is termed as ‘innate ability’ and it is located in specialized cells and in the genetic framework of an individual. When this innate ability goes for a toss, the body falls prey for infections. This generated the need for a stronger immune system in order to have healthy body and mind.
How to strengthen your immune system
A stronger immune system is a reflection of healthy physical and emotional state of a person. Therefore, it is important to take care of our physical as well as emotional health to ensure a strong and healthy immune system.
Following are some tips to make your immune system stronger and healthier:
As mentioned above, having good emotional health has deep impact on your immunity. Scientists have shown through various studies that if a patient believes that he is going to get well, he gets through the sickness. This positive mindset increases the count of T-cells which further leads to speedy recovery. Meditation and deep breathing can help you achieve this state of mind. This is a useful practice to follow during Coronavirus pandemic.
Diet plays a crucial role in keeping your immunity strong. Antioxidants rich foods and foods with ample amount of vitamin A, C, and E should occupy major part of your diet. Include fresh fruits, vegetables, poultry, fish and whole grains in your diet to ensure you are getting your daily dose of nutrients. If you do not get enough nutrition from foods alone, you can seek medical help to get vitamins and minerals supplements to compensate for the lack of nutrition.
These are good bacteria which are naturally found in your intestines. They help in easy digestion of the food and better absorption of nutrients. Yogurt is a good source of probiotics. For lactose intolerant people, Shitake and Maitake mushrooms are good source of probiotics and are excellent for a stronger immune system.
Drinking enough water has various health benefits. It helps in flushing out toxins, aid in weight loss, facilitate easy bowel movement etc. However, staying hydrated also strengthens your immunity.
Exercising on a daily basis has numerous benefits. It helps in losing weight but it also works on your mental health, making it stronger. Working out has positive impact on your immune system as well.
We are going through a difficult time lately due to covid-19 or coronavirus pandemic. These easy tips to strengthen your immune system will help you have stronger immunity.